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April LibraryReads Staff Picks

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. At the Water's Edge: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteAt the Water’s Edge: A Novel by Sara Gruen
    “Set in Loch Ness, right in the middle of WWII, a foolish group of rich Americans arrive in search of the famous monster. Narrator Maddie must make sense of the circumstances that have brought her to this wild locale. Only then can she discover the strength she needs to make her own decisions. Enjoy a delightfully intriguing cast of characters and the engaging style of storytelling that has made Gruen so popular.”
    Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI
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  3. The Royal WeThe Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
    “This delightful spin on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the perfect beachy, weekend read for anyone who loves love stories with a healthy dose of humor. Here, Will and Kate are replaced by Nick and Bex — he’s the heir to the British throne, she’s the American who effortlessly steals his heart. Can they weather many obstacles to find their Happily Ever After? Part fairy tale, part cautionary tale, the novel is pure fun from start to finish.”
    Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
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  5. A Desperate FortuneA Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley
    “While transcribing an old manuscript of a young girl’s diary, Sara decodes an account of Jacobite spies. Long before, Mary Dundas gets involved in a mission which makes her confidante to the King of Scotland in exile. And along the way, both women fall for men they know little about. Kearsley is a master at seamlessly blending stories from two time periods. Readers who enjoy a little puzzle solving with their historical fiction will be rewarded.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  7. The Dream Lover: A NovelThe Dream Lover: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
    “George Sand leaves her estranged husband and children to embark on a life of art in bohemian Paris. A talented writer who finds monetary and critical success, Sand adopts a man’s name, often dresses as a gentleman and smokes cigars. Through her writing, politics, sexual complexities and views on feminism, Sand is always seeking love. This novel has spurred me to learn more about George Sand, a woman truly ahead of her time.”
    Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
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  9. Still the OneStill the One by Jill Shalvis
    “Oh Jill Shalvis, how I love thee! Although all the books in this Animal Magnetism series have strong heroines, this one is the absolute best. And chemistry — wowza, it’s intense. The novel brings a focus on two important social issues: the lack of funding available for those who need physical therapy, and the fact that service dogs who do not pass their certification should not be thrown away. I fell in love and learned something at the same time. Instant classic.”
    Amanda Brown, Roanoke Public Libraries, Roanoke, VA
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  11. Inside the O'Briens: A Novel Inside the O’Briens: A Novel by Lisa Genova
    “The O’Briens are an Irish Catholic family living in Boston. Joe, the father, is a cop, and when he is diagnosed with Huntington’s, he must somehow tell his wife and four grown children and learn to live with the disease. I couldn’t put the book down for too long. Genova made me feel as if I was part of the family. I loved the way she developed her characters with style and warmth.”
    Valerie Giambona, Secaucus Public Library, Secaucus, NJ
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  13. House of Echoes: A NovelHouse of Echoes: A Novel by Brendan Duffy
    “Eager to get out of the big city, Ben and Caroline Tierney purchase a large, old house upstate hoping to renovate it into a hotel. However, their house, called The Crofts, has a dark, mysterious past, and terrifying secrets begin to threaten the family. This wonderfully eerie and atmospheric debut novel is a great recommendation for fans of Bohjalian’s The Night Strangers and McMahon’s The Winter People.”
    Sara Kennedy, Delaware County District Library, Delaware, OH
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  15. The Precious One: A NovelThe Precious One: A Novel by Ian Caldwell
    “Taisy hasn’t seen her father since he dumped her family and started another one 17 years ago. An unexpected invitation to write his biography returns her to her hometown, and gives her a rare chance to knit together a broken web of relationships. Like all de los Santos’ books, The Precious One features smart, funny characters who form an unconventional family. It’s luminous and heartwarming, without an ounce of sap.”
    Heather Bistyga, Anderson County Library, Anderson, SC
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  17. The Bone Tree: A NovelThe Bone Tree: A Novel by Greg Iles
    “Based on a real series of unsolved murders from the civil rights era in Louisiana, and the crusading journalist who uncovered the story, Iles’ novel shines a bright light of truth upon one of America’s darkest secrets. Iles’ compelling writing makes this complex tale of good versus evil a must-read for those who love thrillers, and those who want to learn a little bit of American history not normally taught in school.”
    Ellen Jennings, Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL
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  19. Where They Found Her: A NovelWhere They Found Her: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
    “Molly Sanderson is covering a feature for the Ridgedale Reader that not only stirs up her recent grief over a stillborn child, but secrets that have been kept hidden for over two decades in this northern New Jersey college town. As the stories of four different women unfold, a new piece of the puzzle is revealed. Chilling and gruesome at times, this is a novel with characters who will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.”
    Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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One eBook, No Holds!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Big Library ReadJoin millions of readers around the world reading one eBook. As part of Overdrive’s Big Library Read program, we are pleased to offer our patrons unlimited access to the eBook Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates now through March 31. No matter how many KDL patrons are reading or listening to this book, we will have a copy available for you to download — no holds, no waitlists! In this easy-to-read autobiography, Laura details her experience teaching Shakespearean works to relate with inmates in solitary confinement.

We encourage you to join this global “library book club!” Download the book today!

 

 

 


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Insurgent Premieres this Week!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Great news for all the many fans of the Divergent series: The second film, titled Insurgent (just like the book) will be in theaters this coming Friday, March 20. Check out the trailer below:

If you like action, dystopian settings and a dash of romance, this film could be just the thing for you. If you haven’t seen the first film, be sure to check it out before heading off to the theater!


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Disney on Hoopla

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Good news; Disney movies are now available through hoopla! In case you don’t know, hoopla is a free service that allows KDL cardholders to stream movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks.

Now the movie offerings have expanded to include Disney movies, including classics like The Sword in the Stone and Oliver and Company!

The Sword in the Stone  Oliver and Company  Ed Wood

Also included is a Johnny Depp movie. I’m not talking about Pirates of the Caribbean; I’m talking about Ed Wood, a hilarious movie, in which Depp plays a cross dressing, struggling film maker. Bill Murray is also in the Tim Burton directed flick.

Check out all the available offerings on hoopla!


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Family Friendly Spring Programs

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

family board gameThese are just a few of our for all-ages offerings this spring. For a complete list, go to our events page.

Fantastic Flying Fun
Have a blast creating and testing a variety of fantastic flying objects.
Sunday, March 22, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, April 6, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Tuesday, April 7, 1:00 PM, Englehardt (Lowell)
Wednesday, April 08, 2:00 PM, Byron Twp.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Walker
Thursday, April 9, 1:30 PM, Alto
Saturday, May 16, 2:00 PM, Comstock Park
Thursday, May 21, 7:00 PM, Cascade Twp.

Gaming Unplugged: Board Game Boredom Busters!
Unplug from electronics. Challenge your brain and your friends with games of strategy and imagination, from classic to cutting-edge.
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Thursday, April 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville
Thursday, April 9, 2:00 PM, Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Alpine Twp., Byron Twp., Caledonia Twp. Thursday, April 9, 6:00 PM, Comstock Park
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 PM, East Grand Rapids
Monday, May 4, 4:00 PM, Caledonia Twp.
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 PM, Nelson Twp./Sand Lake
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 PM, Tyrone Twp.

Screen-Free Week
Visit any KDL branch to pledge your commitment as a family to spend seven days enjoying non-screen related activities. We’ll offer many programs to help you out this week. Screen-Free Week suggestions include playing games, creating art, bicycle rides, cooking, or just spending more time interacting with friends and family.
Monday, May 4 – Sunday, May 10


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KDL on WGVU Radio — Photo Contest

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Each month KDL staff join Shelley Irwin on the WGVU Morning Show to talk about what’s going on at the library. This month, listen to Communications Manager Heidi Nagel talk about the Celebrate KDL Photo Contest, which is currently accepting entries of your best KDL-related photos, as well as our KDL Caffeinated series of coffee and tea programs.

Enjoy!

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Download WGVU3-5-15.mp3


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Congratulations to Teen Film Festival Winners!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

TeenFilmContestCongratulations to our winners and to everyone who was featured in the 2015 Teen Film Festival! We had an awesome time and hope you did too! All of the films are posted on YouTube and linked below. Without further ado, here are the winners!

Best Fictional Short:  Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary, Directed by David Garrett and Scott Hoek
Best Animated Short:  Yellow Ticket, Directors, Ainsley, Alexa, Anela, Anna, Cordell, Elle, Emily, Kyle, Lynsey, Luke, Marlee, Mica, Nicole, Nyleese, Onora, Oscar, Silas and Tucker
Best Documentary:  Our Beautiful 54, Directed by Emily Livermore
Best Commercial: The Ultimate Remote, Directed by Carter Anderson, Madelyn O’Malley and Ashlyn Tripp
Best Director: Nick Hansen, Vita Et Mortem
Best Actor: Scott Hoek, Theatre Arts: A Mockumentary
Best Actress: Jenna Bishop, Stolen
Best Screenplay: Jake T. Goldberg, Spooked
People’s Choice Award: Vita Et Mortem, Directed by Nick Hansen

Congratulations again!

Mark your calendars for next year’s Festival. Entries will be accepted for the 2016 Teen Film Festival from October 1, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

 


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Anime Party for Teens

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

AnimeTeen Anime fans are invited to an Anime Party, taking place at several KDL branches this spring. Come show off your costume, eat some Pocky and enjoy Anime-themed crafts. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM, Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, March 19, 3:30 PM, East Grand Rapids Branch
Saturday, April 4, 2:00 PM, Gaines Twp. Branch
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 PM, Cascade Twp. Branch
Saturday, May 9, 1:00 PM, Grandville Branch

 


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KDL Photo Contest: Enter Today Through April 18

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)Attention shutterbugs! Send in your favorite shots taken during one of our library programs or inside one of our branches. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar that will be sold to raise funds for library programs.

For more information and to submit your digital photo, visit www.kdl.org/photocontest. Sponsored by Kent District Library and the Alliance of Friends. For all ages.

Monday, March 2 – Saturday, April 18: Submissions accepted

Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 24: Public voting on semi-finalists’ photos

Monday, June 1: Winners announced

 


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Spring 2015 Computer Class BrochureWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Registration opens today for our April classes:

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Editing Fun
  • Digital Photos: Online Photo Sharing, Saving and Ordering
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. iPad Users Group
    (pre-registration not required)
  • Internet: Email Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Internet: Getting Started on Craigslist
  • Internet: Google — More Than Just a Search Engine
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Speak to a Geek (pre-registration not required)

For class descriptions and schedule, please see our brochure or search our events calendar.

Unless otherwise noted, pre-registration is required and will begin the month before the scheduled classes on the first Monday of each month for KDL cardholders and the second Monday for non-KDL cardholders (if space is still available):

  • April classes: Registration begins Monday, March 2 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, March 9 for non-KDL cardholders)
  • May classes: Registration begins Monday, April 6 for KDL cardholders
    (Monday, April 13 for non-KDL cardholders)

To register, please call 616-784-2007.


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